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  • State: Orissa
  • Famous for/as: Heritage
Puri is located on the eastern side of India in the province of Orissa. Lying on the coastal strip in the Puri district, the destination is 60 kilometre from the city of Bhubaneswar. This coastal city lies on the golden triangle of Orissa, connecting with Konark and Bhubaneswar.

The city of Puri is known for its historic immemorial, sanctorum, architectural magnificence, balanced climate and divine significance. Counted among the most sacred pilgrim centres for Hindus in India, the destination is a seat of Lord of Universe, Jagannath, as per testimony of Skanda Purana. Honoured with the famous Jagannath shrine, the spiritual city is also known as Jagannath Puri. Positioned along the coast of Bay of Bengal, the city is one of the frequented tourist destinations in India.

All the cities of the triangular axis have well-known pilgrimage venues, exotic landscapes, beaches, historical sites that attract travellers throughout the year. Besides, the destination is a repository of art and architecture of India with testaments dating back to 3rd century B.C. This ancient town has ruins and testaments belonging to the period from 3rd century B.C. to 17th century A.D.

The spiritual city attracts devotees along with tourists from around the world for witnessing attractions like Temple of Child Krishna at Indradyumna Tank, Atharnala Bridge and Sudarshan Crafts Museum. The city also has the famous Sun Temple of Konark.

One of the major highlights of the city is Rath Yatra (Car or Chariot festival), which is hosted every year in the city. Puri Rath Yatra 2012 starts on 21st June at Jaganath Temple, Puri, Orissa. The festival marks the journey of Krishna known as Jaganath in this region, from Gokul to Mathura. Three huge chariots carrying the idols of Jaganath, his brother Balbadra, and his sister Subhadra are pulled along the streets from the Jaganath temple to the temple of Gundicha Mandir. On the ninth day, Rath Yatra is repeated in the opposite direction. Pilgrims and tourists throng to the destination to cherish the international event besides an annual Puri Beach Festival held in the month of November. 

The coastal city gained fame after Chodaganga Deva who built the temple of Purusottama Jagannath after winning a war. Over the years, association with Lord Rama, influenced renaming of city to Purusottama Kshetra, also known as Purusottama Puri, which exists as Puri at present.

Among well-known attractions in and around, Puri features Chilka Lake, a large inland salt-water lake, Puri Beach, Gundicha Ghar and the Childlike Wildlife Sanctuary. Over the years, the coastal city has emerged as an industrial centre with major industries like rice milling, handicrafts and fish curing.

The pleasant weather of the coastal city all round the year makes it an ideal destination for the travellers. With mild summers and cool winters, October to March is considered the best time to visit Puri.  
 

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Saharsh Gupta

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"A good place" new review

  • 4/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
It was good, but food was not so good generally saying as everyone can not eat that type of food which local people eat. Otherwise it was good, beaches and other places were nearby. Must visit place. The jagannath temple is also very nice. You can also go to sun temple in Konark from Puri.
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"A holy city" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Such a good place with lots of holy things. Beach is quite good and also the people here are very helpful. Best time to visit is in the month of july during rathyatra. During this rathyatra a huge amount of people gathered here due to nabakalebar of jagannath prabhu. Jai jagannath.
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"Puri - the land of jagannath" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
As everyone knows Puri is famous for lord jagannath temple worldwide. The peace we got while staying in the temple can't be described. In a lifetime everyone should visit Puri once. In Puri, they have many hotels so we didn't face any problem. There is a long sea beach, it was very good. Overall, a nice place to visit.
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"Located at the scenic shoreline of Odisha" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Lord Jagannath is considered as the supreme god of all Hindus residing in Odisha. Puri is located at the scenic shoreline of Odisha. And due to its amazing weather it has been a Paradise for Tourists all around the world. Personally I love going to Puri for my weekend.
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Abhishek Chaturvedy

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"Worthy travel" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
The Golden triangle. It was a worthy travel. Although personally I didn't like because of the huge crowd and hawkers buying /selling. In the beach strip which is supposed to be fun and peaceful place. Konark was the highlight of tour. It is priceless. Chilka was an expected visit, I thought to try and it worked. Chilka is far better soothing place. Beautiful Puri, I will remember only for waves and my bath.
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"The Temple Town" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
This was not our main destination but a part of our journey to that part of the world. We started our journey in our car, a Volkswagen Polo 1. 6, from Trivandrum. In fact we named the journey as 'on the history trail' we have travelled more than what we intended to. On the way we covered Kulachal, on the west coast of Tamil Nadu, where there was a 16th century fortification of the dutch, Tharangambadi the trade post of the Danish on the east coast of Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry, Machilipatnam and Yanam on the Andhra coast.

After spending a couple of days at Bhubaneswar to cool our feet. So day we have dedicated our visit to Puri.

Though this was the third or fourth time we were visiting this temple city every visit was a fresh one for us. We never got bored of the place not that I am an ardent devotee but the multitude of people visiting this temple interested me. In fact you will loose all the devotion you have in you when you see the actions of the greedy Pandas. The exquisite architecture of the temple is awe inspiring and you can spend lot of time watching the figurines and sculptures. You can not complain about the huge crowd that will always be there because it is their place - The devotees.

Unfortunately no cameras allowed inside the temple complex.
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"Weekend freshness"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Puri is a great destination with Sun sea & temple. 3 - 4 days are enough to cover. Sea is fun & also safe. One can see our old heritage in Lingraj Temple, Udaigiri, Dhawalgiri, Konark & Jagganath Temple obviously Must visit place once in lifetimes.
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"Magnificent place"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Puri is a destination every one loves to visit again and again as the sea beach here is one of the cleanest in India and the water in the sea has 3 colours all the time. There are so many hotels to suit the budget of all and variety of food options (Domino pizza joint also here). One can roam around the city on a cycle rickshaw viewing the sights and sounds of a superb tourist place.
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"Stay was mix of the religious and relaxation in the beach side"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
I have visited Puri more than 15 times. I love this place. The temple and the sea beach is my priority. The bhog of the temple. The hot sea water and the sea food in the night. I love this place. I visit this place every year. I am fond of this place. Stay was a mix of the religious and relaxation in the beach side.
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"Glorious sunrise and a colourful sunset at one go from the same place"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Puri, once the only beach destination of middle class in eastern India has now blossomed into a luxurious beach resorts of eastern India. The hotels which were used to be very cost friendly for middle class now charges not much but you have to spend more for a nice stay in the hotels on the beach itself. We reached Puri at about 11 at night by Shatabdi express from Howrah and was picked up by the car sent from our hotel. Up to this much the service of the hotel was good. The room given was a nice one to stay but only glitch was it was on the 2nd floor which was difficult for us to climb every time as there was no lift in that building. The view from there was superb but the counter executives were not much helpful.

The puri beach is one of the best beaches to walk on & now with all sorts of entertainment attached the beach was overcrowded all over the day. You can have a camel ride like in Juhu, can visit one of the best sand craft exhibition on the beach & in the evening there's an open market of shell handicrafts on the beach. I have visited Puri several times over the years but this time I felt it too crowded even during night when I could see several vagabonds taking shelter under the open sky & making their daily habits completed on the beach. These things have to be stopped immediately otherwise the beach will lost its immense beauty of easy access for all strata of people. But still now this is the only beach for everyone to have a nice bath.

Puri sea offers you the glorious sunrise and a colourful sunset at one go from the same place. Everyone came here several times only for its easy access from all corners of the country, as also because of GREAT JAGANNATH TEMPLE here. As also for renowned sightseeing like Konark, Bhubaneswar, etc, Puri offers you different places to visit for experiencing dolphins. Visit Satapada, a dolphin breeding place and also the opening of Chilika lake with Bay of Bengal. Other places like Gopalpur on sea, Borbil, etc. But you can spend days only with a walk along the sea coast every morning witnessing the sunrise.
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